Dr. Jeffrey Levin receives statewide award; poster takes top prize at TMA
July 9, 2013
UT Health Northeast professor Jeffrey Levin, MD, recently received the Marcus Key Award from the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TxCOEM).
In addition, a poster by several UT Health medical professionals about a new way to manage emergency room (ER) patients who don’t need emergency care won first prize at the annual meeting of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) in San Antonio.
Dr. Levin, who is chair of the Department of Occupational Health Sciences at UT Health, received the award during TxCOEM’s annual meeting held in conjunction with the TMA meeting.
This award recognizes Dr. Levin’s “devotion to occupational and environmental health,” said an announcement from TxCOEM. The award is named for Marcus Key, a dermatologist and the first director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Dr. Levin also was one of just six physicians to receive the TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine, Silver Level at the meeting. The award is a special recognition for academic physicians who are excellent teachers, role models, and medical professionals.
Dr. Levin founded the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at UT Health in 1994 and has more than 25 years’ experience in occupational medicine.
The UT Health poster presented at the TMA meeting showed how ER patients who don’t have actual medical emergencies were screened and then given the option of seeing a doctor in the Family Health Center.
“Our goal is to get people connected with family practitioners. We want to provide primary care for patients who don’t need to be seen in the ER,” said Brenda Lee, director of healthcare quality at UT Health.
The system benefits the patients as well as UT Health, because Medicaid and many insurance companies won’t pay the full cost of ER care unless the patient has a true medical emergency.
Lead author of the poster was Jonathan MacClements, chairman of UT Health’s Department of Family Medicine. James Menard, MD, was the second author and other members of the project team were Brenda Lee, MSN, RN; Michele Bosworth, MD; Minh Le, MD: and the staff of the Family Health Center and the ER.
For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.